Sunday, June 29, 2008

Palace Pictures...

Oh, I finally got a chance to upload a couple photos from Karauli. I wasn't able to get one of the market, because pulling out a camera here is like asking to be mobbed by small children. I just wasn't up for it. But here are the digs where I stayed... The picture on top is the building in which I stayed and the one beneath it is the residence of the Maharaja and Maharani.

Back to the Daily Grind

Ian and I had a nice mini-vacation in Delhi to celebrate our anniversary. We didn't do anything specialy really, but it was just nice to be together. We were going to see a movie, but after perusing the selection we decided that it wasn't worth our time (Hindi movies are about 3 hours long!) or our money. So instead we spent the day browsing in shops, and we finished the day with a wonderful dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

Ian is staying in Delhi until next week, but I decided to come back a little bit early. The park is opening on the 1st of July (yea!!!) and I wanted to be ready for that. So I have spent the last few days visiting with people and catching up. And once the park opens, I really am going to start my interviews (come hell or high water).

So after all the excitement of Karauli and the celebration of Ian's birthday and our anniversary, life is finally settling back down to normal. I must say I am ready for my 10 cups of chai, sharing lunch with my RWs, and finally making progress on my research!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ian's Birthday

Today is Ian's 30th birthday (and he will probably get very angry that I am posting it so widely). We spent the day pretty uneventfully here in Bharatpur. In Indian culture, it is the resposibility of the person whose birthday it is to give sweets and, if there is any sort of party, to pick up the tab. We decided against the party because we had a feeling that it might drain our bank account but Ian did distribute sweets to people we know that he met this morning in town. He also decided that he wanted to cook himself dinner instead of going out to eat. It is a good thing that he likes to cook because he would starve if I was in charge of the kitchen. All of my RWs think it is funny that he is at home making dinner while I am hanging out with them in the bazaar. It is completely opposite from anything that they have ever known. :)

The day after tomorrow we are going to Delhi to celebrate our anniversary. Ian also has some other work to do, so I am going stay for four or five days and head back to Bharatpur. It seems as though the Gurjar agitation is officially over so there should be no more problems travel-wise.

Hope all is going well in the States. I have heard that there has been some more wacky weather in the Northeast. Watch out for the hail! The monsoon has started here about two weeks early but so far the rains seem to be good. Knock on wood because my RWs need a good rainy season if they are going to make a living this winter. Take care and I will post more soon...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Back in Bharatpur

I have escaped from Karauli and arrived back in Bharatpur this morning around 9 am. Actually, it was one of the most sedate, uneventful car rides I've ever had in India. You would never have known that anything was amiss except for the road was pretty empty. That is why we made excellent time...3 hours. Unbelievable! I am very glad to be back in Bharatpur safe and sound. Ian and I went out to lunch, and I think this afternoon we are going to relax at our house or maybe go into to town to catch up with people. It'll depend on how tired I am. I got so used to sitting around in AC that I am a little worn out with the walking.

From here, I don't know what our plan is. We were originally planning to go to some place in the hills for our anniversary and for Ian's birthday which we scraped. Then we thought maybe we would go to Delhi, but we will have to see how things go in the next couple of days. In any case, we'll be together! :)

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Agitation Continues

Greetings from Karauli! It is now day 16 of the agitation and I am still tucked away at Bhanwar Vilas (a.k.a. the palace). The leader of the agitation is just demanding really silly things now so I don't know how long they will keep it up. Hopefully, I will be home by next week.

In the last couple of days, I have decided that I should just prepare for winter. First, I finished the quilt top that I started in January. I am planning on finishing the quilt itself when I get back to Bharatpur. I will probably buy some cotton fabric and see if the guy who makes bed covers by the one temple in town will give me some cotton fill. I'm not going to quilt it but tie it, at least until I get back to the states. Then I have been working to finish up the socks that I started last fall. I didn't get much done on them when we were with the students and I have been working on them a little bit since we have been back to Bharapur. But with 12-14 hours on my hands, I think I'll have them finished by tomorrow. So even though it is 100+ degrees now, I am ready for 30 degree weather. :) I just don't know what I will do once I am done with the socks. I might have to go out to the bazaar and see what other kind of crafty project I can hunt up.

After finishing up with email, I think I am going to go look in some of the shops near by and then head back for dinner. Hopefully the cable will be back on this evening so I can get my fill of Hindi soap operas! Another exciting night in Karauli! ;)

P.S. This computer doesn't have a USB port so pictures and what not will have to wait for me to get back to Bharatpur. Sorry...